Show and Tell: Curating “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter”

why childrens books matter

Not quite two years ago, The New York Public Library asked me to curate an exhibition about children’s books for its central  gallery, the grand 4,500-square-foot space that lies just beyond the Library Lions (the main Fifth Avenue entrance-way) and Astor Hall. I would have a research assistant, a work area, my choice of designers, […]

“Myth, Magic, and Making Stuff Up” with Mr. Gaiman


On Saturday, August 3rd, fellow Horn Booker Shara and I had the pleasure of attending Neil Gaiman’s lecture “Myth, Magic, and Making Stuff Up” at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Being a devoted Gaimanphile, I managed to snatch up tickets in the brief hours before they sold out — in April! Neil’s work — from […]

Jack Gantos at the Simmons Summer Institute

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To conclude the 2013 Children’s Literature Institute at Simmons, local author and Newbery Award winner Jack Gantos spoke about the first and last love letters a person writes and receives. According to Gantos, “the first love letters are the ones you write to yourself.” As a child, he was inspired by the ultimate journal keeper […]

Simmons Summer Institute: Love Letters

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From July 26th to 28th, over one hundred teachers, librarians, students, publishing professionals, academics, and children’s literature enthusiasts gathered at Simmons College for the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature’s biennial Summer Institute. This year’s theme was “Love Letters,” and each day was filled with fascinating presentations by authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals who […]

August children’s lit events

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After a few whirlwind months, August is a little quieter — but there are several children’s literature–related events coming up in the Boston area. Are you attending or hosting an August event we missed? Let us know in the comments! Author/illustrator Jim Arnosky (All About Sharks, Thunder Birds: Nature’s Flying Predators, and many more) will […]

Mo Willems at the Eric Carle Museum

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My family spent the Fourth of July weekend vacationing in scenic (?) Springfield, MA. There’s a lot of kid-friendly stuff to do in the area*, and we were especially excited for a visit to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to see the new exhibit “Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art & Whimsy […]

July children’s literature events


Here’s a selection of children’s literature–related events coming soon in the greater Boston area. Are you hosting or attending other events this month? Let us know in the comments! Tomorrow, July 2nd, at 7:00 p.m., Ammi-Joan Paquette (Nowhere Girl) will sign her new YA sci-fi thriller Paradox at Porter Square Books. Holly Thompson (Orchards, The […]

June children’s lit events


Here’s a selection of children’s literature–related events coming soon in the greater Boston area. Are you hosting or attending other events this month? Let us know in the comments! Tonight at 5:30 p.m., Sydelle Pearl (co-author of Hope Somewhere in America and Elijah’s Tears: Stories for the Jewish Holidays) will speak about Dear Mr. Longfellow: Letters to […]

Local children’s lit events for May

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Some kidlit happenings in and around Boston this month: The Edward Gorey House’s 2013 special exhibit “Edward Gorey’s Vinegar Works” opened for their 2013 season on April 18th. The exhibit covers the “three volumes of moral instruction” in Gorey’s Vinegar Works boxed set: The Insect God, The West Wing, and his best-known work, The Gashlycrumb […]

Photos from Fostering Lifelong Learners

Roger Sutton welcomes participants to the Fostering Lifelong Learners conference

Pictures from the Fostering Lifelong Learners conference. Photos by Shara Hardeson. For more on the day-long event, click here.